Life at Up Up and Away Investment Management International: Chapter 39 Getting ready for a largecorp exit

Chapter 39

Getting ready for a largecorp exit

Generally the only people at largecorp that get to determine their exit date are members of the Senior Management Team. The 99% are either terminated by largecorp or due to ill health can’t make that magic retirement age of 65.

I am telling you are having a pipe dream thinking you’ll make it to 65 and retire with your cronies taking you out for a dinner paid for by largecorp. So, if you are hit in a downsizing or retire at 65 what in the hell are you going to do with your life. You’ll be much less capable at travelling or even engaging in some of your favourite physical activities. Arthritis, back problems and a whole host of aggravating conditions may start creeping out of the woodwork.

The first obvious secret I will tell you is to enjoy life while still working at largecorp. How many people on their deathbed say they wished they could have spent more hours working at largecorp?

Spend time with your children, be home for dinner and on the weekends, enjoy family activities and travel the globe and leave your mobile at home. Don’t cheat yourself and your family of the time you and they need with you.

The second secret I learnt was to try and reinvent yourself while slaving away at largecorp. In my case I resurrected my teen journalistic experiences and then got myself certified as a wine specialist and began a weekly wine column with an up-and-coming internet “newspaper” of which my former client Tommy Bland was editor of. I then rather self taught myself so that I could review hotels, restaurants, museum exhibits and even write on health. This unpaid hobby let me to mentally escape largecorp for some period and kept my mind active when on long term disability. The last thing you want to do is to cease challenging your brain.

Even when on long term disability with largecorp I managed to obtain certification in mindfulness from the University of Vermont. I desperately needed to keep challenging my brain lest I turn into a zombie.

I find it sad when people leaving the workplace have absolutely nothing to do because all they know is work because they foolishly devoted their life to largecorp that did not give a damn about bridging its employees towards retirement. There are many out there that arrive at regrets about largecorp when it is too late. Perhaps if they had only read this book when they started at largecorp.

Get thinking what you want to do upon retirement before you leave largecorp or when they dispose of you before your misguided 65. And don’t wait until the last minute.

I’m your anti-largecorp man so pay some attention when I say largecorp only regards you about as important as a piece for an automobile engine. Don’t be a sucker to the Senior Management Team that stuffs its pockets with loot from the shareholder cookie jar. They have their Human Resources Department thinking that largecorp cares for you.

Hopefully you have more intelligence than a sardine and avoid getting dredged up in a web of deceit, greed, manipulation and an SMT that portrays itself as a talented team but between you and me do not know their asshole for their elbow. Get working on your future before the future is here.

Well there is one thing I feel grateful to largecorp for and that is the sum total of my experiences with it that have enabled me to happily write this book and share my experiences with you. I hope very passionately that my suffering and narrative make you see the dangers of working within largecorp unless of course you are on the SMT in which case life is grand.

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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